The coronavirus pandemic and need for social distancing has prompted the cancelation of this year’s Glen Arbor Fourth of July parade, the Sleeping Bear Dune Climb concert, the Manitou Music concert series, and the Port Oneida Fair.

The Empire Asparagus Festival—originally scheduled for May 15-16 in downtown Empire—has been canceled, festival organizer Paul Skinner told the Glen Arbor Sun. Other popular Leelanau County events have postponed until the fall. The Cedar Polka Festival will be moved from mid-June to September 17-20, 2020.

The Summer Singers, an all-volunteer group of 50 voices, punctuate the 2018 Manitou Music Festival (MMF). This traditional MMF closing concert is Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. The concert takes place at Glen Lake Community Reformed Church, 4902 W. MacFarlane Road, in Burdickville. The concert is free.

Leelanau native Emma Cook, now a fulltime musician who live in Burlington, Vermont, will perform with her band, Questionable Company, at the Manitou Music Festival on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. The show will be behind the Lake Street Studios in downtown Glen Arbor. The Manitou Music Festival is part of the Glen Arbor Arts Center. Visit for details. Here’s our interview with Emma.

The Crane Wives do a musical fly-through to the Manitou Music Festival Studio Stage on Sunday, July 29, at 8 p.m. Studio Stage is located behind Lake Street Studios, 6023 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor. In the event of rain, this concert will be moved to the Leelanau School Auditorium, 1 Old Homestead Road, Glen Arbor.

The blues duo Mulebone returns to the Manitou Music Festival (MMF) stage on Sunday, July 15, at 8 pm. Mulebone brings inventive instrumental know-how and expressive blues that evoke the Mississippi Delta to Studio Stage at 6023 S. Lake St. behind Lake Street Studios.

After the disappointment of cancelling due to weather last year, the Glen Arbor Art Center’s Manitou Music Festival Dune Climb Concert is back on Sunday, July 8 at 7 p.m. at the popular Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Dune Climb.

The Northport Community Band kicks off the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s 2018 Manitou Music Festival season on Tuesday, July 3, at 7 p.m. with a musical evening celebrating Independence Day.

Local chamber ensemble Manitou Winds will present a special encore performance of its “Winter Songs & Carols” concert on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at The Leelanau School in Glen Arbor, as part of the Glen Arbor Art Association’s Manitou Music Festival. Admission is free, and a freewill offering will be taken to benefit arts programs at The Leelanau School and future recording projects for Manitou Winds.

The final installment in the 2017 Manitou Music Festival (MMF) features the Summer Singers on Tuesday, August 15, 7 p.m. at Glen Lake Community Reformed Church, 4902 W. MacFarlane Road, Glen Arbor. This concert is offered at no charge.